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Re: aptitude --mind-your-own-business option?

On Sat, Dec 02, 2006 at 04:00:02AM -0900, Ken Irving wrote:
> I can appreciate that, but I'm used to using apt-get and it seems to
> do what's needed.   Just figured to try aptitude (etc.) based on all
> the glowing reports I've seen on the list, but I'm not convinced of
> its (nor synaptic's) advantages over apt-get.

To me the advantage isn't when installing but when removing.  

Apt-get can leave a bunch of cruft buildup.  If you install a package
that depends on 10 others some of which depend on another 5, you end up
installing 16 packages.  Now you want to remove the orrigional package.  

Since apt-get doesn't keep track of those other 15 packages (other than
that they are all installed), you have to use another programm to find
and remove the cruft.

Once you've got aptitude set up, you __can__ use it from the command line
just like apt-get and it will manage the cruft.


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